Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary McKay

TroubleI think many of us are allergic to the idea of “sequels” to classic stories, written by newer writers, in the same way that many of us automatically reject movie versions of beloved books as Never as Good as the Originals. I’ve read decent — and even entertaining — purpose-written sequels in the past, but none of them have swept me up or inspired me.

Wishing for Tomorrow got universally excellent reviews when it came out earlier this year. In spite of this, and in spite of the fact that it was written by Hilary McKay, one of my favorite authors, I still resisted reading it.

This was a very stupid thing to do.

I am writing this review less than five minutes after finishing the book, and all I have to say is: go read this book. If you liked the original, read this book. If you like boarding school stories, read this book. If you like historical fiction, read this book. If you like smart, fun characters, read this book. If you like difficult, seemingly unpleasant characters hiding deep secrets, read this book. If you like precocious-but-never-annoying children, escapist cats, friendship, Action! Adventure! and settings so well-described that you might as well be there, read this book.

It IS just as good as the original.

Posted by: Sarah

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